There is a time and a place for solitude. It is important for us to spend time alone to reflect or gain perspective. However, friendship is a basic human need. We have been created to be in relationship with each other. We learn much about who we are through the eyes of others. As we move down the winding river of life, we need people to accompany us on that journey. There are people who need our presence on that journey. We need each other. Sometimes we need to be challenged – someone to push us and drive us forward. Other times we need encouragement – someone to support us and go ahead of us. There is great consolation in not being alone. That’s why we do life together at FCC. There should be no such thing as loneliness in the church. There are times when we may find ourselves alone. But we have a family and friends who will stand by us and walk (or paddle) alongside of us.